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TP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300 Mini USB Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2

  • 300Mbps, Fashion Mini design
  • Soft AP for Internet Sharing
  • Easy encryption w/ WPS button
  • Advanced Security-WPA / WPA2
  • Plug & Play for Windows 8
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  • newegg 300Mbps Wireless N Speed – Extend Wireless Coverage With wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps and advanced MIMO technology, the TL-WN823N provides you with a fast, reliable wireless connection for lag-free online gaming and video streaming. Better still, TL-WN823N achieves the best performance with wireless N devices, but also works seamlessly with existing IEEE 802.11b/g networks.
  • newegg SoftAP Mode – Easy Wireless Internet Sharing SoftAP Mode enables this tiny adapter to work as a virtual wireless Access Point. Once applied, this mode allows users to easily turn their existing wired connections to a laptop or PC into wireless and share it with other Wi-Fi enabled devices like laptops, smartphones or tablets.
  • newegg One Button Security Setup Compatible with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), TL-WN823N features Quick Security Setup that allows users to almost instantly setup their security simply by pressing the WPS button to automatically establish a WPA2 secure connection, more secure than WEP encryptions. Not only is this faster than normal security setups but more convenient in that users needn't remember a password!
  • newegg Easy to Use Included in the resource CD, TP-LINK's optimized configuration utility can help users complete the entire software installation and wireless network settings in just few minutes. Its simple and user friendly interface makes TL-WN823N so convenient that even novice users can get started quickly and establish their connections effortlessly.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Lawrence W.
  • 3/27/2015 10:52:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThis Stinks Drops Signal

Pros: Small USB High Speed Network Adapter

Cons: Constantly Drops Wireless Signal's

Other Thoughts: I have used TPLink wireless adapters 150 speed that continue to work great! I thought I would take a look the newer models 300 speed but it is terrible constantly drops the signal I am very discussed with this purchase. I will keep buying the 150 usb adapters they work great but stay away from this one.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/15/2015 11:13:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine on any modern linux kernel

Pros: Don't believe the reviews from other users that this hardware doesn't work on Linux. This hardware uses the rtl8192cu module which has been included upstream since March of 2014 and since backported into all LTS kernels. No need for any special driver. Just plug in and it just works.

Cons: None

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  • Wolf H.
  • 2/15/2015 8:22:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast & Easy!

Pros: - Small!
- Fast!
- 40Ft Range With 5 Bars 60Ft Range 4 Bars!
- High Gain!
- Great Internet Speed!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Worth EVERY CENT! :DDD

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  • George M.
  • 2/6/2015 5:31:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA terrific product!

Pros: The on-board wireless in my 7 year old laptop went south. This unit had favorable reviews and was on sale, so I bought it.
Installation in Windows was a piece of cake. I always download drivers to get the most recent version and save to my hard drive. I inserted the unit, brought up Device Manager, clicked on the on-board wireless, clicked on Disable, clicked on this unit, clicked on Update Driver, browsed to my OS, clicked on OK, and the installation took just a couple of seconds.

Cons: Now for the bad news – there are no native Linux drivers on the disk or on the Web site.
I use EasyBCD to dual-boot 64-bit Win7 and 64-bit Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca. I booted into Linux and tried the ndiswrapper method; no go. I downloaded the driver from the Realtek Web site; again no go. I searched for and tried other recommendations; still no go.
On a hunch, I booted with the Linux Mint live DVD. It detected this unit, and I connected to my wireless router. So I booted into Linux, backed up my files, booted into Win7, deleted the Linux partitions and formatted the free space. I again booted the live DVD, connected to my wireless router and did a fresh install. Finally, I restored my backed-up files. Everything went smoothly.
Bottom line: getting this unit to function in Linux is likely to be a royal pain. On the other hand, it is worth the work.

Other Thoughts: This unit rescued my old laptop. Its small size is a bonus.

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  • David K.
  • 2/4/2015 7:50:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for Cheap

Pros: Got it for $10. For what I paid it works great. The range is decent, the speed is decent. No connection problems where I use it, which admittedly isn't that far from the router. It's small, perfect for use with laptops.
It has a WPS button. That's pretty awesome for such a small, inexpensive adapter.

Cons: Not the greatest max bandwidth, but for what I paid I'm not complaining.
2.4 GHz only. Again, not really a con for it's price range.

Other Thoughts: If you only use your network for browsing the internet, streaming movies or downloads, then this adapter will work just fine. If you're into file sharing and high speed is important to you, then you might want to consider an adapter with a higher max bandwidth.
Honestly, if you can get this adapter for $10, then it deserves a 5 Egg rating. But for over $20, it gets 4.

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  • Donald K.
  • 2/1/2015 10:25:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK Adapter

Pros: Small

Cons: Is pulling MAX 120Mbps where at the same distance my Netgear WNA1100 adapter is pulling 150Mbps(max bandwidth). This adapter definitely has a much cheaper less quality antenna on it. I'm very disappointed, I will not be buying any TP-Link products in the future (i had such high hopes for this company too).

Other Thoughts: Both adapters were tested at the same exact distance on the same exact Router channel. It was as close to a scientific quality test as I could provide. The TP Link adapter just flat out does not have the same reception quality as the 4+ year old Netgear. Heed my advice....don't buy this product!!

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  • Bradley R.
  • 1/4/2015 4:16:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks after driver install.

Pros: It's small. I have it plugged into the internal port of my PCI USB card so that it's not dangling outside of the case.

Good price.

Stable connection to an AirPort Express 2nd Gen (Wireless N model).

Cons: The TP Link adapter that it replaced was auto-detected and drivers installed automatically by Windows 8 and Windows 7. This model was not. I had to download and install it manually. This is not a technically difficult thing to do, but it's a nuisance because the computer was without a network connection. I used a flash drive and moved the installer, but still... considering an older, larger, slower (G) model of the same brand was plug and play, this one is deserving of one star less than max.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/22/2014 10:16:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks As Advertised

Pros: Tiny, Simple, Easy Configuration

Cons: None really.

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4 out of 5 eggsNifty if you do not have 802.11n already

Pros: Tiny, fast, lightweight. This adapter is pretty good for what it is and for the price. If you are running a machine that was manufactured within the last 4 - 5 years, chances are it has a wireless card installed already and that wireless card supports 802.11n. If you do not, this is a viable option for you to add/upgrade wireless capabilities on your computer. This usb network adapter is much better than older products which were large, clunky and often times required having to carry around an extra usb cable. This device is smaller than most thumb drives and can easily be added to a laptop bag or even just in your pocket. Speeds were fairly consistent with what I would expect as far as a usb network device is concerned. The theoretical maximum speed for the USB 2.0 specification is 480 Megabits per second. While this is faster than the 802.11n standard, you will be hard-pressed to find a machine that is capable of transferring data at this speed. My typical experience with data rates over this (and other) 802.11N devices is roughly 150 - 200Mbps which is still really quick. This figure varies greatly however depending on the quality of signal, proximity to the access point, quality of your usb controller, etc.

This device will perform well when you want it and where you want it with some exceptions noted in the con section. One other nice feature of this adapter is that you can mount it on an extension cable to a parabolic dish to use as a wok-tenna or wi-fry receiver (funny names for home made radio dishes that utilize the adapter as the receiver for wireless signals). search instructables.com for more info on those types of DIY projects.

Cons: Range. The range on this unit is much more limited than an internal wi-fi card with longer antennas. As noted above, this can be rectified if one is so inclined to take a DIY approach, but at that point you might want to reconsider your use of a usb wi-fi adapter in the first place iunless you have no choice. On my internal wireless cards on my Macbook, Asus UL80VT laptop and my internal Asus 802.11n wireless card in my desktop PC I am able to detect and connect to quite a few more networks than I was able to within the same radius using the USB adapter. This is to be expected due to the lack of external antennas but if you're looking for something for at home or a small office, should work just fine.

Only 2.4GHz band. While the average consumer does not care about 2.4GHz vs 5GHz wireless spectrums, I find that utilizing the less crowded 5GHz spectrum to be very beneficial to my home environment where our neighborhood is flooded with other 2.4GHz signals from both inside and outside of my home. Having a dual-band option would have been nice.

None of these negatives would prevent me from purchasing this device, especially given the price point of < $30.00 at the time of this review. They do detract slightly from the overall rating.

Other Thoughts: If I could have said 4.5 stars, I would have.

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  • Sharon O.
  • 7/30/2014 9:02:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy as Pie

Pros: I had a problem with my onboard Wi-Fi and my windows XP operating system. It would constantly look for a certificate when I used a secure connection (WPA2). On an open connection it would connect fine. I tried for weeks to resolve the issue without success. I read online it was not uncommon to have issues trying to use WPA2 and Windows XP. I decided to stop fighting it the TP-Link was a cheap solution. I installed the software hit the WPS button on my router and on the TP-Link a was connected instantly. I then turned off my on board Wi-Fi. Signal strength was great 5 bars and I use my laptop downstairs without issues.

Cons: I should of done this sooner but I don't like to be beaten by an electronic device.

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